Another day, another disappointing outing for Cleveland Indians starter Ubaldo Jimenez.
At least that is the feeling among many Tribe fans after watching Jimenez give up five runs, seven hits and five walks in just 5.2 innings of work in Thursday’s loss to Tampa Bay.
But the reality is, this is the new normal for Jimenez, and the sooner Tribe fans accept it the better off they will be.
For every five-game stretch, like the one in June where he posted a 2.78 ERA in 32.1 innings of work (covering five starts), we are going to get a July stretch, where Jimenez has worked just 16 innings in four starts, posting a 7.31 ERA for the month. Before Thursday’s game against the Rays, Jimenez faced Toronto, lasting just 2.1 innings and giving up eight earned runs.
“I thought Ubaldo battled well for us,” Indians manager Manny Acta said. “He gave us five innings for us to do something, to score runs, and we couldn’t do it. And in that (sixth) inning, it’s too bad, because he couldn’t come out of there with a very good outing.”
That’s a bit of an understatement.